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15 lucky winners will receive a copy of The Last Hours by Minette Walters valued at $32.99 each

WIN 1 of 15 copies of the novel The Last Hours by Minette Walters, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

A riveting tale of human ingenuity and endurance against the worst pandemic known to history.

For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning.

When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly.

The Church proclaims it a punishment from God but Lady Anne of Develish has different ideas. With her brutal husband absent, she decides on more sensible ways to protect her people than the daily confessions of sin recommended by the Bishop. Anne gathers her serfs within the gates of Develish and refuses entry to outsiders, even to her husband.

She makes an enemy of her daughter by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs … until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested by their ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat?

Please note this competition is open from 30th September 2017 until 31st October 2017 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. D. Rogerson - VIC
  2. A. Wilson - SA
  3. J. Barrett - NSW
  4. J. Kurowski - WA
  5. J. Yarham - QLD
  6. A. OGorman - VIC
  7. J. TRAPP - QLD
  8. L. Nottage - SA
  9. C. Waring - NSW
  10. S. Greenwald - VIC
  11. H. Noonan - NT
  12. S. Buchhorn - VIC
  13. T. Mackay - WA
  14. D. Roberts - NSW
  15. J. Pitt - SA
  • Hermione Granger showed me that being a girl means doing anything you set your mind too!


  • Anne Frank. Her work writing her diaries under such hard circumstances is amazing
    A true insight into her situation and feelings while going through a terrible moment in history


  • Katniss with her fire to protect yet her vulnerability to love. She is a contradiction yet a leader for us all.


  • It is a truth universally acknowledged that LIZZIE BENNET is the finest literary heroine in the history of literary heroines! She has such wit and vivacity, and would have no problems fitting in wherever polite society were gathered!


  • Charlotte Bronte I put on a pedestal,
    Her writings are immortal.
    Jane Eyre showed her literary talent,
    She would be hard to misrepresent.


  • Sybylla Melvyn (‘My Brilliant Career’, Miles Franklin) is a strong literary heroine. In an era within which it was unheard of that a woman would fight against society’s pressures to follow her dream, Sybylla did. She displayed courage and perseverance; she’d be a great role model to girls of any generation.


  • unlikely heroines in novels bring a sense of relatablity to the reader. This is why Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson book series reached my favourite literary heroine. She brings her wits from her godly mother Athena to reveal a relatable character creating hope for readers who hope on day could be like her.


  • I am a Jodi Picoult fan as some of her novels touch real life situations and at times are very confronting


  • Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games she is just so intelligent and amazing to think ahead and get the better of the Game Keepers and survive and thinks of others.


  • Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and prejudice. She is a strong female character who wanted to stay true to herself, no matter what. She had her boundaries and knew what she wanted from life


  • Daisy Buchanan from the Great Gatsby is my absolute female icon..she exudes a sense of mystery about her whilst emanating grace and charisma and a sense of curiosity. She is innocently sweet and charming to boot!


  • I don’t really have a favorite. I just enjoy reading all.


  • I think all authors are unique but I have a soft spot for James Marsden


  • Jane Eyre – Though she suffers greatly, she always relies on herself to get back on her feet. She is a strong woman, something we all should aspire to be.


  • The mother in the short story ‘Rescue Operation’. Her maternal instinct overpowers all other emotions and reasoning. This enables her to provide for her child.


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